You don't clean up without getting dirty


Ashden's mission is to accelerate transformative climate solutions and build a more just world. Our awards, events, networks and analysis support climate innovation in the UK and developing countries around the world.

Time to dig in

Climate champions, organisations on the frontline of the climate crisis, are creating something extraordinary. A planet powered by low-carbon start-ups, bold green policies, liveable cities, better work and clean energy for all. We help these innovators attract investment and funding, build their networks, and create radical change. We do this because we believe in them, and their vision of a cleaner, fairer, healthier world.

Grassroots to global action

Ashden supports proven climate innovation in the UK and developing countries – because on-the-ground solutions will drive the system changes our planet needs. For two decades the Ashden Awards have accelerated the most exciting climate innovators. We find our winners through a rigorous global search, then work with them to scale up their impact and inspire others. The insights of these climate innovators power everything we do.

Ashden is all about networks

 We help organisations learn and share ideas through masterclasses and workshops, and bring them closer to their key audiences – from local authorities in the UK to investors in energy access.

Climate champions are worth shouting about

So we share their stories in the media and on film. We showcase them through events, campaigns and reports. In doing so, we give communities the tools and inspiration to take action and face down the climate emergency.

But our work doesn’t stop there. We are helping UK schools radically lower their emissions (and their energy bills too). We are helping climate innovators withstand the coronavirus pandemic, and power the green recovery. And we are taking on the global cooling challenge, a neglected climate battle.

Our commitment to diversity in the sustainability and environment sector

We can only create a fairer, better, low-carbon future if we improve diversity in our organisation and work for change in the wider climate sector. A broader range of views and experiences will help us understand the challenges different communities face, and support solutions that work for all.

Read our Commitments to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

To achieve our goals we are working with fellow members of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trust on a common diversity, equity and inclusion policy. In recent years we have taken practical steps such as improving the diversity of our board and awards judging panels, and introducing inclusive recruitment measures. But there is much more to do – so we pledge to continue investing in action, and to monitoring and sharing the results of our efforts.

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